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everyone but the father. laura ingle now live. >> the corrections officer talked about that confession that he overheard with steven hayes and in that confession, he told jurors that steven hayes when he he was talking to his inmate said he wasn't sure at first if he could go through with murdering the mother, jennifer. but he decided to go through with it when he looked outside and he saw the police cruisers just outside the window. that is more unbearable facts that were revealed in this case today which means that help was just a few feet away when all three females were alive before the mother was strangled and before that house was set on fire. >> shepard: that's the defense. both sides have rested. what now? >> there is going to be a hearing tomorrow just with the attorneys and with the judge. they're going to talk about what happens next, about charging the jury going over the facts of the case, closing arguments will happen on friday. then the case is expected to go to the jury on monday and as you see there on screen right, the next suspect will be tried next year after hayes,
barely alive. laura ingle was inside the courtroom in new haven, connecticut, today. the court heard from forensic experts, i know. tell us what they said. >> good evening, those experts were able to talk about how they tested the d.n.a. samples taken from the victims. we're talking about blood, saliva, and see men and match them directly to the suspects in this case. prosecutors allege that steven hayes sexually assaulted the mother jennifer hawk pettit before strangling her with his hands. joshua majewski who is expected to face trial next year is accused assaulting 11-year-old pettit before helping hayes light the house on fire. all three were killed in this attack. jurors heard from a fire marshal today that testified that an accelerant like gasoline was poured directly on to the pettit daughters as they lied tied up in their bed that was testimony that sent family members out of the courthouse in tears today, jon? >> jon: what about what happened outside the courtroom? tell us about that. >> yeah there was certainly high emotions happening right out here on the courthouse steps.
trying to make the case that cheers are about a lot more than just school speurbt. laura ingle has been following this story, but i call her lawyer kwrarbg everybody should know, laura, from new york city. what's the story, laura? >> reporter: you know, cheerleading these days, a lot more than pom poms and pyramids and cheerleaders do consider themselves fierce competitors, think of that movie bring it on, are looking for the recognition they believe they deserve so they can go ahead and go head to head with the tumbling and jumping and cheering and chanting. >> sonya considers herself an athlete. >> we're in the weight room, lifting weights, we're competing with the football guys. >> but in july, a connecticut judge disagreed. ruling cheerleading is too underdeveloped and disorganized to qualify as a sport under title nine, the 1972 law ensuring equal right phos women's athletics. now two different organizations are taking matters into their own hands. >> we want to establish a new sport where they truly feel that it's utilizing their athletic skill set and to where they're recognized
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